Minecraft success a 'fluke' says creator

Minecraft's success was a 'one in a million fluke' according to creator Marcus "Notch" Persson.

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Marcus "Notch" Persson has created a mini-empire out of Minecraft, using its success to create a bustling studio juggling multiple projects. But he isn't expecting to turn out gold constantly, and thinks that the studio's smash hit will probably be the exception rather than the rule.

"If people are expecting [another game as popular as Minecraft], they will be disappointed," Persson said in a Reddit thread (via Beefjack). "Minecraft is a one in a million fluke." Persson will be able to prove if he's right with the upcoming releases of Cobalt and Scrolls.

He also said he's hands-off with Minecraft now (except "broad strategy decisions"), and so he has "no idea" what the future holds for the game now. "Sales keep going up all the time, and there's an infinite amount of stuff we can do," he said. "Hopefully modding will become easier soon, too."

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    July 31, 2012 12:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Minecraft success a 'fluke' says creator.

    Minecraft's success was a 'one in a million fluke' according to creator Marcus "Notch" Persson.

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      July 31, 2012 12:14 PM

      A happy fluke. It's probably the best overall game that's come out in the last 10 years imho.

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        July 31, 2012 12:15 PM

        Except of course...it needs more game to it. Hopefully they focus on that.

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          July 31, 2012 1:12 PM

          That's what Castle Story is for.

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            July 31, 2012 4:22 PM

            Castle Story is more of a glorified RTS than an action survival game.
            Unless they've had a recent change in direction I haven't heard about.

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          July 31, 2012 4:23 PM

          That's what Tekkit is for.

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        July 31, 2012 4:23 PM

        I certainly wouldn't rate it nearly that high but it's a thoroughly enjoyable game and worth every penny I paid and more.

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          July 31, 2012 7:12 PM

          Besides probably Quakeworld... I don't think I've put more time into any other game.

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        July 31, 2012 4:30 PM

        I don't want to rate it that high, but if we're going by hours played...it's up there.

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      July 31, 2012 1:19 PM

      A million-to-one chance succeeds nine times out of ten...

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      July 31, 2012 1:20 PM

      respect++

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      July 31, 2012 1:21 PM

      well, yeah, duh, always nice to see people acknowledge reality publicly though

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      July 31, 2012 1:25 PM

      Well duh! It's like the epitome of "lightning in a bottle".

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      July 31, 2012 1:34 PM

      I like Notch. Maybe I need to play some Minecraft.

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      July 31, 2012 2:17 PM

      Obviously, but it's good to hear him say it.

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      July 31, 2012 2:37 PM

      Level headed

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      July 31, 2012 4:21 PM

      Honest and I hope he stays that way!

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      July 31, 2012 5:13 PM

      wait a minute, how is it a fluke? its a really good game.

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        July 31, 2012 5:15 PM

        You might be confusing the word "fluke" with "flop" or "failure".

        What he's saying is its success was a fluke. It was lightning in a bottle. It was not the result of perfect planning; rather, it was luck.

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      July 31, 2012 6:50 PM

      Honest, good. But its a shame he wanted to build a game such as "Scrolls". We dont need another card game. Minecraft was awesome in its sandbox part - you can do plenty of things in its random worlds. I still play it when new content is added to the game and I take a lot of fun out of it, but on the long run is limited, you get bored and move on. Then new content is added. Rinse and repeat. There are shitloads of things he could add, still... the latest Temples things were awesome, for example. Talk about villages of hostile goblins you can find and conquer to gain treasures, ancient tombs of undeads... hell. The possibilities are endless.

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        July 31, 2012 7:17 PM

        People seem to miss the fact that Notch had/has almost nothing to do with that game. A guy who works for his company is almost completely responsible for the game. The only major game Notch has worked on since Mojang was started are Minecraft and his new game 0x10c or whatever it's called.

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          July 31, 2012 10:35 PM

          The amount of work and progress that has been made on Minecraft in the last year since Notch handed over the reigns to Jeb, and the fact it has a team working on it too, is astounding. There is still a lot to come in Minecraft.

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            August 1, 2012 5:33 PM

            I totally agree. I think you missed my point. I was just saying that a lot of people attach Notch to Scrolls... but he has very little to do with that game besides the fact that the guy who is making it works at Mojang.

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        July 31, 2012 7:41 PM

        I had no idea they were making a card game... I never played Minecraft, but I might play this! Looks like they're in alpha, hopefully I can get in the beta.

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      July 31, 2012 7:07 PM

      And an awesome fluke at that. As much as I love Minecraft, he's exactly right that its success was a one in a million chance.

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